Establishing a routine and ensuring proper nutrition for your new kitten
April 30, 2012
Making the decision to adopt a kitten is one that will change your life in countless ways, and giving your new pet a strong behavioral and nutritional foundation to build on is essential. Before you bring your cat home from a New York animal shelter, make sure you keep the following nutritional tips in mind.
1. A kitten diet. By the time you bring your kitten home from the shelter, he should have completed the weaning process and be ready for kibble and wet food. According to PetPlace.com, it's very hard to overfeed a kitten that's between three to four months old, as the feline's energy levels and rapid growth will help burn off any extra food. Between the ages of three and eight months, you should stick with a cat food formulated exclusively for kittens. This will ensure that he is receiving adequate vitamins and minerals to support his growing body.
2. Maintain a schedule. Make an effort to feed your kitten in the same spot and the same time each day. This will help you and your pet develop a routine that will work around your schedule and maintain your cat's good health. CatChannel.com says this is one of the best methods to prevent your new pet from developing any late night meowing or door scratching habits. By maintaining a rigid schedule, your kitten will learn from an early age that the only way to receive a meal is to be patient.
3. A pet water fountain. Cats can be extremely fickle when it comes to their water dish and sometimes like to be able to interact with it. Because water consumption plays such an important role in your kitten's development, consider investing in a pet water fountain. This will provide a steady stream of water at any time of day and it will encourage your kitten to play with it as well. This will get your cat to drink more water and boost his or her development overall.
Keeping these dietary tips in mind will help your cat hit the ground running and live a long and healthy life. To see a full list of cats currently available for adoption at Bideawee, visit our website.